AE Users help me choose CPU

Hello friends,

First i would like to thank all those who already answered my queries in previous posts. I'm about to by a new workstation just to increase the After Effects performance. Please help me find the best hardware configuration possible for AE CS3.

I'm stuck between these three:
i7 Xtreme Edition
SINGLE XEON Xtreme Edition X5600 series.

If i go by CPU benchmarks then i7-920 2.67 Ghz outperforms XEON E5500 series. I'm comparing them as they come in same price range.

Can u tell me if AE prefers DUAL XEON over Single CPU when it comes to rendering & building previews.? Is there any advantage in going with DUAL CPUs ?

Finally whats your take on this:

- Single i7 x980 extreme edition - 6 Cores= $1,089 (DESKTOP)
Intel® Core™ i7-980X Processor Extreme Edition (12M Cache, 3.33 GHz, 6.40 GT/s Intel® QPI)


- DUAL XEON - E5620 (x2) - 8 CORES= $ 1,200 (WORKSTATION)
Intel® Xeon® Processor E5620 (12M Cache, 2.40 GHz, 5.86 GT/s Intel® QPI)


Intel® Xeon® Processor X5660 (12M Cache, 2.80 GHz, 6.40 GT/s Intel® QPI)
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    If its anything like Premier than it will more than likely want or be able to use more cores.

    So with that in mind the dual Xeons would probably provide the best performance for the price.
  2. After Effects is quite like Priemere.

    Well threaded.

    If you have CS5, I'd recommend going Nvidia Quadtro.

    It should boost your computer more than a new CPU I reckon.
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